USAAF Nose Art Research Project


Nose Art Themes

Gooney Birds

The unsung heroes of WW2, the Douglas C-47 Skytrain and its specialist paratroop partner the C-53, were the workhorses of the US Army Air Force. They were popularly known amongst the crews who flew and maintained them as "Gooney Birds". Not only did they fulfill the role of transporting troops and hauling vital supplies but they were also involved in all the major airborne assault operations of the war delivering paratroopers and pulling gliders, sometimes two at a time. These often over-looked transports flew unarmed and unarmoured, at low levels, through flak and small arms fire to deliver men, supplies and fuel. They provided medivac for casualties as well as clandestine missions to take in secret agents and bring out evaders from enemy territory.
NameSerial #TypeUnit
Ace High
Assigned to the 322nd Troop Carrier Wing
C-47UnknownAce High
Ace of (Hearts)
C-47UnknownAce of (Hearts)
Ambulance Plane #1
42-32836C-47-DLUnknownAmbulance Plane #1
Angel in Blue
Philippines based plane equipped for casualty evacuation
C-47Angel in Blue
Arkansas Traveler
42-100670C-47A-70-DL436th Troop Carrier Group, 79th Troop Carrier SquadronArkansas Traveler
Believed to have flown on D-Day
42-100904C-47A-75-DL440th Troop Carrier GroupBetts
Big Snatch
1st Air Commando
C-471st Air CommandoBig Snatch
Billie L.
C-47A433rd Troop Carrier GroupBillie L.
C-47440th Troop Carrier GroupBon-Bon
Bouncin Bitch
C-47314th GroupBouncin Bitch
Bucket of Bolts
C-47435th Troop Carrier Group, 75th Troop Carrier SquadronBucket of Bolts
Charlotte M
C-47UnknownCharlotte M
Chattanooga Choo Choo
C-53Chattanooga Choo Choo
Cold Turkey Sucka
C-47UnknownCold Turkey Sucka
Thought to have been a D-Day veteran
42-100906C-47A-75-DL440th Troop Carrier GroupDabo
Damn Yankee
42-100569C-47A-65-DL436th Troop Carrier Group, 82nd Troop Carrier SquadronDamn Yankee
Flying Barber (The)
42-100571C-47A-65-DL436th Troop Carrier Group, 82nd Troop Carrier SquadronFlying Barber (The)
Ghost of Billie L
42-23713C-47A-30-DL433rd Troop Carrier GroupGhost of Billie L
Gloria II
C-47440th Troop Carrier GroupGloria II
Homing Pidgeon
42-23417C-47A-20-DLHoming Pidgeon
Hot Pants
C-4720th Combat Mapping SquadronHot Pants
Hot to Go
42-24402C-47A-60-DLHot to Go
Iron Ass
42-92099C-47A-1-DK435th Troop Carrier Group, 75th Troop Carrier SquadronIron Ass
Jean II
43-15240C-47A-80-DL13th Troop Carrier SquadronJean II
Kentucky I love thee
43-15395C-47A-80-DL374th Group, 6th SquadronKentucky I love thee
Las Vegas Kid
42-92775C-47A-15-DK440th GroupLas Vegas Kid
Liz Belle
C-47A-65-DL437th Troop Carrier GroupLiz Belle
Lookin Fer Trouble
42-23587C-47A-30-DLUnknownLookin Fer Trouble
Lookin Foursome
C-4761st Troop Carrier GroupLookin Foursome
Mrs Margaret Carnes
Vivian Leigh christens a C47 Skytrain
C-47UnknownMrs Margaret Carnes
1st Air Commando
C-471st Air CommandoPeaches
Pellican Pappy
43-15172C-47A-80-DL61st Troop Carrier GroupPellican Pappy
The Potent Pelican
C-47UnknownThe Potent Pelican
Pride Of Minnestoa
C-47440th GroupPride Of Minnestoa
1st Air Commando
C-471st Air CommandoR.O.N.
Sad Sack (The)
C-4713th Troop Carrier SquadronSad Sack (The)
Scarlett O'Hara
A C-53 Skytrooper used as VIP transport
42-6478C-53-DOUnknownScarlett O'Hara
Slapsie Maxie
Photo courtesy of Austin Malcomb via Dodie Amundson
C-47UnknownSlapsie Maxie
Spare Parts
Thought to be a D-Day veteran
C-47440th Troop Carrier GroupSpare Parts
42-24204C-47A-50-DL61st Troop Carrier GroupStarbuck
Sure Skin
42-23860C-47A-35-DL475th Troop Carrier GroupSure Skin
Sweet Sue
Can anyone identify sweet Sue?
C-47UnknownSweet Sue
Tail Wind
1st Air Commando
C-471st Air CommandoTail Wind
Texas Genie (The)
C-47438th Troop Carrier GroupTexas Genie (The)
Texas Honey
C-47433rd Troop Carrier GroupTexas Honey
Texas Queen
C-53-DLUnknownTexas Queen
Texas Tornado
C-47UnknownTexas Tornado
Tow Tired
42-100580C-47A-65-DL437th Troop Carrier GroupTow Tired
Urgin Virgin
43-30720C-47A-60-DL435th Troop Carrier GroupUrgin Virgin
Wabbit Expwess
Thought to be a D-Day veteran
C-47438th Troop Carrier GroupWabbit Expwess
Whooo! The Gray Goose
(42-23963)?C-47433rd Troop Carrier GroupWhooo! The Gray Goose
Winged Buffalo
C-47Winged Buffalo
Yanks Delight
Pictured in Hollandia
C-47UnknownYanks Delight

© Ray Bowden 19 June 2024
Information Update for Readers of
"Plane Names & Fancy Noses - 91st Bomb Group (Heavy)"